Editing

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Editing occurs throughout the process of document production. An editor will work with the writer/s to ensure the final product meets the needs of the audience. They have the freedom to suggest changes to entire paragraphs and sentences in order to clarify meaning or improve structure. They look at the document holistically and with the audience in mind.

An editor may suggest large-scale restructuring of documents – for this reason edited work cannot be considered a final draft. Even though editors will check for all the same errors that proofreaders do, further alterations to documents may result in different errors so proofreading is still required after the writer has effected changes to the text. The goal of editing is to help the author/s revise their document to make it a pleasure to read and fit for purpose.

Editing involves checking and marking up: 

  • spelling and grammar
  • document structure and flow
  • comprehensibility e.g. suggestions for less confusing ways of saying things, or restructuring sentences to draw focus to the main point
  • facts and references
  • consistency.

Manuscript assessment

This service provides an objective report on your developing novel manuscript. The editor will look at your novel's:

  • style
  • pacing
  • tone/voice
  • character depiction and development
  • narrative structure.

The manuscript will not be marked up or corrected, you will receive a report on areas for improvement to guide you in your next draft. The cost for this service is $200 for manuscripts up to 100,000 words. Contact us for a quote for longer manuscripts. 

Examples of editing jobs

A school sends an e-newsletter once a month, they need someone to collate articles from various sources and present it professionally.

A growing company has policy and procedure documents, but they have been developed by different people over a period of a few years. They need to be uniformly and logically presented, catalogued and version controlled, and checked for consistency.